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Hey Lidee

Lyrics (American folk song) RefrainHey lidee, lidee, lidee,Hey lidee, lidee-lo.Hey lidee, lidee, lidee,Hey lidee, lidee-lo. 1. This is a silly kind of song,Hey lidee, lidee-lo.You make it up as you go along,Hey lidee, lidee-lo. Refrain 2. I have a girl, …

Just From the Kitchen

Lyrics (Folk song) Just from the kitchen, shoo-li-loo,With a handful of biscuits, shoo-li-loo,I know you don’t like ’em, shoo-li-loo,But you can’t do without ’em, shoo-li-loo,Please Mr. Johnson, shoo-li-loo,Fly away over yonder, shoo-li-loo Circle Game Formation: Students stand or sit in …

Caney mi macaro

Lyrics – Spanish (Folk song) Caney mi macaro (repeat)Caney mi macaro (repeat)Caney mi macaro (repeat)Caney mi macaro (repeat)Caney mi macaro (repeat)Caney mi macaro (repeat)Caney caney (repeat)Caney mi macaro (repeat)Caney caney (repeat)Caney mi macaro (repeat) Translation These words are supposedly nonsense. …

Linstead Market

Info This song is in the Jamaican mento genre (not Calypso) (source).This is about a woman going to market trying to sell her fruit, but having no success. I omitted the verses about the woman’s children going hungry. Lyrics (Jamaican …

We Born Dey

Info Also called “You Born Deh” and “We Bawn De,” this song is in Kriol (Creole) and is said to be a patriotic Belizean song. Lyrics We born dey, we born dey,Tell dem that we born deyWe born dey, we …

Little Lap-Dog Lullaby

Lyrics (American folk song) RefrainCome up horsey, hey hey,Come up horsey, hey, hey. Mama’s going to buy him a little lap-dog,Mama’s going to buy him a little lap-dog,Mama’s going to buy him a little lap-dog,Going to put him in his …

Thief

Lyrics – Danish (Folk song from Denmark) Thief, yes thief, that is your name,For you stole my little friend.But I hope to get another,I shall get another friend. La la la la laLa la la la laLa la la la …

John B. Sails

Lyrics (Folk song from the Bahamas) Come on the sloop John B.,My grandfather and me,Round Nassau town we did roam.Drinking all night, we got in a fight,I feel so break-up, I want to go home. RefrainSo hoist up the John …

Shake the Papaya Down

Lyrics (Jamaican folk song) I. (v.1) Mama says no play; This is a work day,Up with the bright sun, get all the work done.If you will help me climb up the tall tree,Shake the papaya down. (v.2) Sweet sweet papaya, …

The Cat’s Got the Measles

Lyrics (Traditional chant) The cat’s got the measles, the measles, the measles,The cat’s got the measles, whatever shall we do? We’ll send for the doctor, the doctor, the doctor,We’ll send for the doctor, and he’ll know what to do! See …

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